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A few Preparation Insights

I have been focused on preparation for a long time, so any discussion on the topic comes very natural to me.  I am finding, however; even as the topic of preparation is becoming more widespread – there are still quite a few people who do not fully understand what is meant by preparation.

I’ve stated before, like with everything people have varying levels of preparation – and certainly different motivations for preparation.  Let me share some general insights on preparation, specifically as it relates to an emergency “change” in lifestyle.

The first question that I’d ask someone to gauge their preparation status is:  “If there were to be an emergency of any kind, are you adequately prepared?”  It may be a tornado, flood or even a hurricane.  It could even be a catastrophic event such as a pandemic illness that sweeps through the world. How prepared are you in case of just such an event?

Unfortunately, the answer for most people is that they are not prepared at all.  Emergency preparation takes forethought and careful planning.  It is not about paranoia or that the world is coming to an end soon (although, you should be prepared for that as well).  If you look, you can definitely find many crackpot (some legitimate) websites that are dedicated to driving paranoia and government conspiracies.  Our intent is not to fuel fear – rather, to impress upon the need to prepare in the event of an emergency or disaster.  This article is designed to help you understand what you can do to be prepared.

How do people prepare for emergencies?

Emergency preparation all starts with a list.  You need to really stop and think about the possible emergencies that could happen in your region of the world. If you live near a river, lake or the ocean then you have to worry about flooding.  If you live in a tornado prone area, you need to prepare for that. Winter storms can do a terrible amount of damage. Step one is thinking about what you use on a daily basis.  Water is the number one resource that must be conserved and kept in case of an emergency.  People can survive weeks without food but only a few days without water.  And in the case of an emergency you cannot trust the water coming out of your faucet.

The second step is examining your shelter.  Should your home be damaged you need to have an alternate place for shelter set up.  It may be at a friend, family member or coworker’s home.

The third most important step is making an emergency plan. This plan should detail where all members of the family will meet in case they are separated at the time of the emergency. There are many books that you can purchase to help you learn basic survival skills in case of a disaster. You should consider picking one up and reviewing it just to see how well you would fare.

Modern Preparation Strategy and Supplies

Many people have felt the call to begin preparing and collecting supplies for several years.   There has been a growing concern for the need to prepare, as recent world events have created increased awareness with the need to prepare.

There are many forums and networks now available for people to discuss preparation, and to learn new skills that will be helpful in the future.  There is little doubt that people need to begin getting more serious and focused to adequately prepare for their family needs.

Some people who have already started preparing and collecting supplies have a pretty good idea of things they will need in the event of an emergency or a long-term crisis.  Obviously, they are storing food and water and are collecting general need supplies like:  first-aid kits, basic tools like flashlights, waterproof matches, firearms, and radio communication devices. 

What is a Preparation Call?

As I’ve shared about the Preparation Call God has given me, I struggled with “why” things are so difficult.  It seems that God’s preparation for leadership involves times of long waiting, painful experiences, rejection from people we love, and even isolation. I often consider Moses, as he was raised as royalty and had everything he could ever want or need.   Obviously, he was pretty comfortable in his lifestyle – and I can imagine that he was pretty stable with the way things were going.  God had other plans. To become the leader God wanted, Moses had to be prepared.  […]

Time to setup Your 3-Year Plan

There is so much uncertainty in the world right now. Everywhere you go, people seem discouraged and quite concerned about events that are taking place. If you listen to the news media (which I do not encourage), you know that there is a massive blitz taking place to put fear into the hearts of men. Years ago, I felt the “Call to Preparation”‘. It was laid on my heart that we would experience difficult times, where panic would grip people, and fear would converge on nations. In the midst of a storm, the human tendency is to look at the […]

Update on my Preparations

A lot of people know that I have been working on preparation for quite a while.  I am often asked to share what I am doing (currently) to prepare.

To help me stay focused (and not feel overwhelmed), I keep a working list that I continually update with items I feel are very important in the preparation journey.  Of course, I also try to regularly post to this blog – as it enables me to share some insights I have from my journey, and what I feel is impressed upon my heart.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article on the progress of some of my family’s efforts to get ready for events that we believe are coming.  Every day we work on our list – and involve every member of our family in the process.

Before I share an update on our progress, I found it quite interesting that today on CNN – Glenn Beck published an article that is right in line with this whole notion of preparation.   from my perspective, his comments and insights are right on target as he mentions the need to prepare – and not panic.  If you are interested, you can  View the article here.

Anyway, let me get to my preparation.  Let me encourage you to start your own list of things you want to work on to prepare.   It will help you stay focused, and feel less stressed about the events that are unfolding.

These are in no particular priority order, and this is not at all my comprehensive list.  I have some other items that I’ve prepared – but will not disclose those for security reasons:

  • My family has developed a fully-stocked heirloom vegetable seed (and seed potatoes) bank.  We’re going to be getting some flowers as well.
  • Have a strong supply of nutrient dense URI products (dehydrated whole-food powder) for nutritional needs.  The Feast and Barley Pure are a necessity for my family, and the product has a 2 year shelf life.

Preparation: Not All That It’s Cut Out To Be

It happens all the time – especially now that there are obvious difficulties taking place.

Almost daily I receive a call from people who want to talk with me about preparation.  They know that I’ve been talking (for 20+ years) about the need to prepare, so I guess it’s natural that they call me.  Problem is, I have a much different view of what Preparation really is, and most of the time my view is NOT the way others view it.

You see, during a time of crisis people come out of the woodwork talking about the need for preparation.  Because of our recent economical problems in the US, preparation discussion is now a mainstream conversation.  It’s almost comical to hear of people emerging every day who claim that they “knew a difficult day was coming” and knew that we were all supposed to be preparing.  They read all the gloom articles and conspiracy theories they can, and then spread their fear language to anyone who will join in their fear.

If you were around during the Y2K crisis, the same people were “preparing” then.  After the crisis, well, they went back to operating as if nothing was wrong.

I’m of the opinion, that many people who claim they have known we are supposed to be preparing for “something” – are in fact, nothing more than news readers and fear mongers.   They read new releases on world events, and suddenly they spring into action getting ready.  If you have ever lived through a hurricane in Florida – that’s what I picture with the people who are now “self-professed preparation experts”.

What I am doing to prepare

To keep me on track with my own preparations, I keep an updated list of my own activities and needs.  It certainly helps me stay focused. These are in no particular priority order, and this is not a complete list: Have started a vintage and heirloom seed (and seed potatoes) bank.  Vegetables and flowers. Stocking URI products (dehydrated whole-food powder) for nutritional needs (has a 2 year shelf life) Currently ordering food items (ie. grains, canned goods, beans, etc) for long-term storage. Ordering food storage containers (food grade) for grains and dried food. Looking to install alternative energy source – […]